023 RR Book Club: Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns with Kent Beck
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- What is the rule or pattern?
- Kent said, “I am in terror of not understanding stuff.”
- Learn to feel good about ambiguous situations.
- “Most of the problems being dealt with by programmers are caused by programmers.”
- Programming at its best is an act of empathy.
- “Patterns are what you get when you run out of language.”
- Composed Method
- Double Dispatch
- Collection management
- Know your language features
- Ruby and Smalltalk solve common problems.
- Shortcut Method
- Naming patterns
- Question: I recognize some ideas from SBPP in later works by other authors, e.g. I think “Clean Code” by Robert Martin can be seen as the heir to SBPP. Do you agree?
- Question: What’s your opinion about the future of Smalltalk?
- Question: Do you think the latest Smalltalk’s community efforts such as Pharo, Seaside, Amber (previously known as JTalk), etc. could put Smalltalk again in the limelight?
- Question: Do you think Smalltalk is worth learning by current programmers?
- Objects are just an inch under the class.
- Question: I thought I heard a couple of years ago that you were working on a “Ruby Best Practice Patterns” book with one of the ex-Hashrocket guys. Any truth to this? Any plans for making a ruby version of this book?
- Question: Any chance of an e-book version of SBPP appearing?
- Question: How does he balance between learning new or current things versus going back to old (say more than 10 yrs old) publications?